Sailing has been around for thousands of years. On boats, there are bound to be accidents, storms, and tragedies so it's only a given that these unusual superstitions exist. These are ten of the most unusual superstitions, some which are severely outdated.
- Whistling On Board Is A Big No: Sailors have long believed that whistling or singing into the wind will bring a storm.
- The Shark: A shark following the ship is a sign of unavoidable death.
- No Gingers Allowed: Gingers were thought to bring bad luck to a ship if you happened to meet one before boarding the ship. But if you talked to one before they talked to you-you were saved.
- Eat your Banana Somewhere Else: Bananas have been associated bring bad luck on ships, since the 1700s when most of the ships that disappeared were carrying bananas as cargo.
- Egg shells: Eggshells had to be broken into tiny pieces once an egg was used. This meant to prevent witches from coming to the ship to sail in the pieces of shell.
- No Women: Women were bad luck on board because they were considered a distraction to the crew, which would anger the sea. Conveniently, naked women had the opposite effect, calming the sea, which is why so many figureheads were women with bare breasts.
- No Grooming: Anyone who trimmed their nails, cut their hair or shaved their beard on ship brought bad luck to the ship.
- Feet: Flat-footed people were unlucky on board a ship, and were also avoided by sailors before they boarded just like Gingers.
- Don't Save a Drowning Person: Sailors believed that if someone was saved from drowning, the ocean would follow them until they swallowed them bringing the crew and ship along.
- Green: Sailors thought that painting a boat green would ensure it would run aground.